The University Innovation Challenge is a competition that gives startup students an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial thinking and engage in a contest with other startups. Junior Achievement Kenya in partnership with NCBA Bank gives these University startups a chance to compete in the global arena.
As we continue to inspire and prepare the youth through our various programs this competition provides a platform for youth to come up with business ideas that aim to solve a certain problem in the community in which they live. The competition is for creative and innovative startups and is shaped by a shared goal of connecting and empowering the cultural and creative industries worldwide.
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The competition brings together experienced business mentors and students to advance real-world social problem-solving in their local communities and beyond.
What is the objective of this competition?
The University Innovation Challenge aims to encourage youth who are in University and recent graduates to develop or to showcase their already-made transformational innovative solutions that will help solve everyday problems and create positive change. The aim of this initiative is to encourage youth to develop transformational innovative solutions that will help solve everyday problems.
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The Theme of the Competition
JA Kenya as a member of the UN Global Compact continues to strive to collaborate with its partners to advance sustainable development. It is through this commitment that JA Kenya proposed the theme to be “Breaking Barriers”. The business ideas submitted should fall under the three broad SDGs tracks of Economic, Social, and/or Environmental.
UIC brings together experienced business mentors and students to advance real-world social problem-solving in their local communities and beyond. Currently running in ten countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Singapore, and Spain.
Dates to Note
The National Finals competition for Kenya will be held in May with the top 10 Startups pitching their business ideas. On 5th June 2023, all global finalists will be competing in the Creative Business Cup in Denmark, Copenhagen.
Kindly register with the link below: University Innovation Challenge